“The escape revived the Palestinian people’s hopes that it is only a matter of time until the West Bank ‘blows up’ in Israel’s face,” the terrorist organization said.
Palestinian factions have vowed to end all talks of a ceasefire with Israel following the re-capture of the Gilboa Prison fugitives they called “heroic,” according to Palestinian media.
“The captures are the driving force for us and our people in the West Bank to increase the protests,” Hamas said.
Foreign Minister Yair Lapid commented on the captures, applauding Israel Police’s Counterterrorism Unit, as well as Shin Bet and IDF for their efforts.
מחזק את לוחמי הימ”מ, המשטרה, שירות הבטחון הכללי וצה”ל על הפעילות המאומצת ללכידת המחבלים הנמלטים.
— יאיר לפיד – Yair Lapid (@yairlapid) September 11, 2021
Deputy Defense Minister Alon Schuster told Ynet “the two remaining fugitives will be returned to prison soon.”
Schuster also denied claims the fugitives will receive capital punishment, insisting that “we have no intention of killing anyone, even if there is blood on their hands.”
“Nothing will be done at all costs but by appropriate measures. They [the fugitives] will be apprehended and returned to the State of Israel,” Schuster told Ynet.